Having nightmares? Study finds new treatment has promising results

Having nightmares? Study finds new treatment has promising results

‘It was only a dream’ can be a sigh of relief, especially for those living with a nightmare disorder.

Statistics say that about 4% of adults have more than one nightmare per week.

Imagery Rehearsal Therapy (IRT) is one commonly used treatment method for nightmare disorder.

Research has found that combining IRT with Targeted Memory Reactivation (TMR) might help you sleep easier.

IRT is already used as a way to reduce nightmare frequency and intensity.

Here, nightmares are written, rehearsed with a new “ending to the script” and a more pleasant outcome.

Now, TMR works by associating a stimulus such as a specific sound with a specific pleasant thought while you’re awake.

This way, when you're asleep, the same sound is played during sleep and the brain re-activates the pleasant memory.

A survey confirms that those who listened to the sound during waking IRT experienced fewer nightmares per week.

They also had more dreams with positive emotions like joy.